Spring Newsletter Archive

2019 Spring Newsletter

2019 Spring Newsletter

Annual Meeting September 24

Featured Speaker: Brandy Shillace,  author of Death’s Summer Coat Sunday, September 24 2:00 pm  Location to be announced. be sure to visit our website and look for the august newsletter […]

Death Cafe

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat, drink, and discuss death. At these gatherings, now happening around the world, people meet to share refreshments and discuss death […]

What if I die Out of Town or in another Country?

What If I Die Out Of Town Your survivors/travel companions should look online or in a telephone book for the nearest Memorial Society. A list of all societies is at […]

Are you familiar with “Green Burial”?

Or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker […]

Dear Family

Does your family know what you’ve done?  While you have made an informed decision to take care of your end-of-life plans by becoming a CMS member, it’s imperative you share […]

Coffins (or not)!

Seattle based company Artful Ashes (www.artfulashes.com) is helping loved ones during the grieving process by creating unique ashes glass art memorials for those who have passed away. Through the use […]

End of Life Considerations and Resources 

I’ve developed a keen interest in the way our country regards human life as we approach the end of it. This is one of the reasons I’m so interested in […]

View from the President’s Chair

We are pleased to welcome our new board members; John Barber, Mary Dietzen, Chip Joseph, Jill Koch-Johnston, Roland Moore, and Kate Smith. We look forward to some exciting new ideas […]

Doulas for the Dying

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? The “what” is simple to answer: it is […]

Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Bill McCullam at 2:05 p.m. at the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River. Printed copies of the minutes were made available […]

FCA Biennial Conference

FCA Will Hold Its Biennial National Conference in Atlanta June 24-25, 2016 Every two years the Funeral Consumers Alliance hosts a conference for all affiliates. This year Atlanta has been chosen, […]

CMS at the City Club

The Society has formed a relationship with the City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest forum of free speech. We will be sponsoring a table at a series of four […]

Speaker for Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm, at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights. We are delighted to announce that the […]

Book Reviews

We’ve been reading new books, three of which may be of interest to our members. Dr. Atul Gawande has written three previous books, memoirs of becoming a surgeon and about […]

Urban Death Project

Katrina Spade, a young Seattle architect, has proposed a new form of natural burial, composting. She was inspired by the use of ‘nurse’ logs in the forest which provide habitat […]


The concept of promession (an environmentally friendly way to dispose of waste) was developed by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who derived the name from Italian word for “promise” (promessa). She […]

What If I Die In Another Country

First, take some simple steps before you leave home. Leave a copy of your passport at home. Pack your reduced-size documents, a note stating what you want done with your […]

Annual Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Bill McCullam at 2:05 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.  Printed copies of the minutes were made available to members.  […]

Thank you Linda

With the exception of a few years off for good behavior, Linda Betzer has spent the last 29 years serving on the Board of the Cleveland Memorial Society—four years as […]

Digital Assets

Although I have been practicing law for over a decade, my background is in the field of communications including an undergraduate degree in telecommunications. During my junior year at Bowling […]

New Website

If you haven’t visited our web site since February, we encourage you to take a look at http://www.clevememorialsociety.org.  The web site name (URL) is the same, but the content is […]

Celebrations of Life

It seems there are two types of death – sudden or slow.  We Memorial Society members should have filled out our paperwork, discussed our wishes with our loved ones and […]

Medical Devices

Regulations in the US prohibit the recycling of implanted medical devices after their owners die, but Frank Swain on the BBC reports that there’s “a growing trend to recover them […]

Green Burial

Those of you who attended our 2012 Annual Meeting will remember that one of our featured speakers was Sara Starr of the Foxfield Preserve in Wilmot, Ohio. At that time, […]

Letter from the President

By this time I hope all of you will have had a chance to visit our new website. If you do not have computer access, please do go to your […]

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